El Cortez and Plaza Upgrading Rooms

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The vast majority of visitors to Las Vegas stay on the Vegas Strip. The most recent Las Vegas Visitors Profile (Page 32) shows that 73% of visitors stayed on the Vegas Strip in 2018. Readers of this website seem to confirm that with almost all of the greatest upgrades happening on the Vegas Strip.

Having said that, the number of visitors staying on the Vegas Strip has been slowly decreasing. In 2014, 76% of visitors in Las Vegas stayed on the Vegas Strip. While this isn’t a massive drop it’s something to note. More visitors are looking at other lodging options when visiting Sin City.

Casinos off the Vegas Strip are seeing this and have been renovating and upgrading their hotels, casinos, restaurants and more. Last year alone Ellis Island, El Cortez, and the South Point had new hotel rooms for guests

Palace Station and Palms took their upgrades down to the casino floor as well with renovations on the casino floor and new restaurants. This year Binion’s is re-opening part of their hotel. Construction on a new hotel tower at Downtown Grand is continuing.

There’s definitely demand for hotel rooms off the Vegas Strip. This year the Plaza will offer a newly upgraded hotel room called Luxe Rooms. El Cortez is also upgrading more of their hotel rooms.

Plaza Luxe Rooms

Plaza Luxe Room

Plaza Luxe Room

The new Luxe Rooms at the Plaza have similar design details as the recently renovated pool suites. As you can see in the photo above, the rooms have warm wood tones and mixed metals with bold colors and graphics.

The rooms feature laminate flooring with area rugs and a barn door entry into the bathrooms. These completely new bathrooms have custom vanities, oversized walk-in showers, quartz counters and a blend of dimensional tiles.

In addition to the new décor, the Luxe Rooms offer modernized entertainment and climate control systems. Each room has an Amazon Echo Dot within the alarm clock that allows guests to use general Alexa commands to check the weather, play music, etc. Alexa can also be used to contact the hotel staff to requesting housekeeping, reserving a pool cabana, or making dinner reservations.

The best new features might be the inclusion of multiple USB outlets, a coffee maker, and a mini refrigerator to store leftover slices of Pop Up Pizza.

El Cortez Renovates More Rooms

New El Cortez Hotel Room

New El Cortez Hotel Room

Last year El Cortez started their room renovation project with 73 rooms Tower Rooms. This year they’ll be renovating another four floors in the same tower. This time 64 rooms will be upgraded and renovated.

Once again the theme of the new rooms will be modern vintage. Similar to the Plaza upgrades these rooms feature warm wood tones, area rugs, coffee makers, and a large flat screen TV. The bathrooms have subway tiles on the walls with artistic floor designs and a walk-in shower.

New Rooms Give Reasons To Upgrade

When all of the rooms in a hotel are similar there isn’t always a need to ask for an upgrade beyond the view. That changes when room categories have drastic differences from the base rooms. These upgraded rooms offer a better experience than the older rooms in each hotel.

All of the new hotel rooms off the Vegas Strip are good excuses to stay somewhere new. Submit a report if you attempt getting an upgrade using the $20 Trick. The information you share can help future visitors to Las Vegas. This is even more helpful for anyone looking to explore different parts of Sin City.